ERIC Number: ED393640
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
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Exploring Binational Educational Issues: A Report from the Border Colloquy Project.
Mace-Matluck, Betty; Boethel, Martha
"La frontera" is the unique, highly interdependent region spanning the boundary between the United States and Mexico. As this region develops into a zone of cooperation, it must address such issues as poverty and unemployment on both sides of the border, differing educational requirements and structures, continuing migration of Mexican students to U.S. schools, need for reciprocity in teacher certification, issues of bilingualism and bilingual education, and political factors. The Southwest Educational Development Laboratory initiated the Border Colloquy Project to develop common understandings about educational issues and needs facing "la frontera," foster an internationally shared vision for education, and encourage development of comprehensive binational plans to fulfill that vision. The project focuses particularly on the shared border regions of Texas, New Mexico, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, and Chihuahua. In 1994, the project sponsored seven meetings of teachers, administrators, community members, and university faculty. Participants developed a vision of "la frontera" in 2010, and identified priorities for achieving this vision: changing stereotypes and biased attitudes, teaching residents in both countries about each other's history and culture, addressing needs for funding and other resources, and extending binational educational cooperation. Initiatives that are already under way to support the common vision of "la frontera" are described, and project plans through 1997 are outlined. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Mexico United States Border; Southwest Educational Development Laboratory
Note: Chapter 11 in: Children of La Frontera: Binational Efforts To Serve Mexican Migrant and Immigrant Students; see RC 020 526.